bicycles

Final Capital Campaign Update

When I won the Rolex award in 2000, I convinced the Board to start a Capital Campaign for building a permanent facility. While we raised  significant funds, we never met our goal. Furthermore it has since been decided our resources are better off helping people, than owning a facility  and we have excellent rental space. When the banks collapsed in 2007 we had more...

Country Update: Ghana

by Joseph Matar Fall 2013 InGear Pedals for Progress seeks to stimulate the economy of developing countries through its work. This would be impossible without the cooperation and tireless efforts of its partners throughout the world. One such partner is Wright Enterprises, a company that imports consumer goods to Ghana. Working in conjunction with P4P, Wright more...

Westfield Rotary Collects its 2,000 Bicycle!

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Country Update: Albania

by Joseph Matar Fall 2013 InGear Pedals for Progress’ partnership with the Social Stimulating Alternative Programs (SSAP) in Albania has led to the founding of a number of initiatives that have not only bettered people’s lives, but the country’s environment as well. The first of these was the Ecovolis bike-sharing system—based in the country’s capital of more...

How can a bicycle improve school attendance by female students?

A paper recently came to our attention regarding the increased school attendance by girls in India due to the use of bicycles.   Please click on the link to read the more...

Esi and her school transport

Esi is a teenager who lives in a small village in the Nkwanta North District of the Volta Region. She is a student at Nkwanta Senior High School. The school is located so far away from where Esi lives that it would take her two hours to walk there. With the school day beginning at 7AM, Esi had no choice but to be up every morning well before 5 in order to be sure to get more...

Bikes Take Root in the Balkans

by Jola Foto Spring 2011 InGear Throughout the cities of western and northern Europe public bicycle services have been established that encourage and increase the use of bicycles as healthy and ecologically-sound transport.  Through these services subscribers can rent bikes in easily accessible locations throughout the city and when finished return them to any more...

52nd Container to Rivas

May 18th, 2013, marked the shipment of the 52nd container of bicycles to EcoBici in Rivas, Nicaragua. Our relationship with this organization is the longest in our 23 years of partnership building. This current delivery contains 580 bikes that add to the 22,044 cycles already in circulation in the region and will contribute to the organization's goal of community more...

Country Update: Guatemala

Spring 2013 InGear Doña Marina lives in the town of San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala in the county of San Antonio. Growing up, Marina’s family was very poor. She was never given the opportunity to attend school as her father died in 1980, leaving her with the responsibility of taking care of both her mother and her handicapped sister. To help provide more...

Microloans and Bicycles in Vietnam

Spring 2013 InGear Tran Thi Cam Nhung is a farmer living with her family in the Vinh Long province of southern Vietnam. Nhung and her husband, Nguyen Van Can, have two children, a five-year-old son and a thirteen-year-old daughter. Having little money, Nhung and her family have always had to work hard to make ends meet. In 2009, Nhung joined the microfinance program more...